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Rectum Cancer Treatment

In deciding between various rectum cancer treatment options, the most important factor is the stage of the cancer. However, other factors include the overall health of the patient, the past medical history of the patient, as well as the patient’s personal preferences. In general, the main types of treatments utilized for rectum cancer include:

  • Surgery
  • Radiation therapy
  • Chemotherapy
  • Targeted therapy

Often times, two or more of these treatments are combined or used after one another in order to achieve the best possible outcome. For example, radiation therapy (the use of high-energy rays to destroy cancer cells) can be utilized before surgery in order to shrink the tumor and make it easier to remove the cancer. Chemotherapy is used after the surgical removal of cancer to lower the chance that cancer will reoccur.

Tampa General Hospital provides state-of-the-art treatment for rectum cancer through the use of minimally invasive laparoscopic and robotic surgical techniques. In fact, we eradicate more colorectal tumors through transanal minimally invasive surgery (TAMIS) than any other hospital in west central Florida. Our patients also have the option to partake in the latest clinical trials, which can also lead to more favorable outcomes. We are committed to providing leading-edge colorectal cancer treatment and the highest quality oncology services.

For a physician referral or to schedule an appointment, please call (813) 844-2200.